Indonesia Travel

4 days in Seminyak – My Brutally Honest Perspective

4 days in Seminyak - My Brutally Honest Perspective

Spoiler alert: I assumed Seminyak was solely okay.

However that’s in comparison with the remainder of Bali. For those who simply need to lie in a villa, learn an excellent ebook and get room service it’s completely good. However that’s not me. You’ll should learn on to see the entire story.

And to learn concerning the issues I loved doing in Bali extra, take a look at my Indonesia archives.

Day zero – Arrival in Seminyak

The morning we have been to go away Ubud I nonetheless hadn’t discovered a driver. Not as a result of there’s a scarcity in Ubud (belief me, there’s not), however apparently there is a scarcity of drivers who will drive us there for lower than 350okay. I ultimately settled and booked one in

The journey was fairly simple, although it nonetheless astounds me that not solely is there nothing that even resembles a freeway (or at the least main thoroughfare) between main centres, however the roads that we did take have been choked and sluggish the entire approach anyway. It by no means felt like we left the town as a result of there have been outlets, homes, individuals, faculties, and so on the entire approach. We acquired in about 1:45, making the journey in all probability round an hour and a half.

We stayed on the Jas Villas, simply again from the primary drag JL Kayu Ayu. Our two bed room villa was good, if somewhat smaller than we had gotten used to. However all of us match and we had our personal pool, and people are the essential issues. Oh and a day mattress helps too; I’d turn out to be accustomed to these.

[Sidebar, we had half a day in a single bedroom the day we checked out and the pool area was honestly not much larger than the pool itself with high walls and only enough room for a single deck chair. Probably went a little extreme on the space-saving front. Not bad for the price though, I’ll say that, it was very good value.]

My buddies stayed at Uma Sapna, which isn’t far and it was very good. Giant outside area, spacious toilet situated behind the mattress. Spacious inside, all which was oozing luxurious. And it was solely about $220 an evening. Very reasonably priced for what it was. And breakfast on the hooked up cafe was included. In case your finances can stretch it I’d extremely advocate.

We checked in, obtained settled and headed out for a late lunch. Kynie had seen on the best way in a cool place referred to as the Bistrot. All we knew is that it seemed vintagey and French.  What we didn’t anticipate is that it might be an epic gourmand burger joint. The meat burger I had was completely off the charts. Completely cooked get together cooked medium, juices falling out at each alternative. Sautéed onion and tomato with dripping cheese and a few token lettuce. Not a unclean burg, simply scrumptious, with a wholesome serving of chips on the aspect.

Burger at the Bistrot, SeminyakBurger at the Bistrot, SeminyakBurger on the Bistrot, Seminyak

Lunch was late and afterwards we simply spent a while attending to know the villa. Round 6 we organized some dinner for Brooklyn and headed out to have dinner with our buddies, the Waypeople. They took us to TAMADE, a small indo-Chinese language restaurant with a easy menu, completely fusing the 2 cuisines. We shared Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, candy and bitter pork and a few hen tenders and it was all sensational. The Mie Goreng in specific was the most effective I’ve had and the pork was good as a result of it wasn’t closely battered like it’s in the Chinese language outlets again residence. 10/10 would bang once more.

We wandered again in the direction of the villa by way of a gelato store. The advantage of Seminyak (and Ubud for that matter) is you’re by no means too removed from gelato. We received a roadie beer from a Mini Mart and completed them at our villa. Kynie even had a Bintang Radler, which principally tastes like lemon soda. However I used to be nonetheless a proud husband. I had one other horrible beer not value mentioning.

Mad Pops Coconut Gelato

Mad Pops Coconut Gelato

Right here’s the factor about Seminyak yo: for those who love eating with different Australians in eating places and bars owned by Australians serving Australian meals, and also you need it (solely) barely cheaper than at house, you then’ll love Seminyak. Principally, if you wish to vacation in a unique nation with out these pesky tradition variations, then it’s the spot for you.

Personally, I’ve liked being served Indonesian meals by a few Indonesians in a warung that was largely empty and paying just a few bucks for the pleasure. All that appears lengthy gone in Seminyak. Excessive profile cooks have changed mother and pop, and smashed avo has changed the standard Mie Goreng.

Seminyak isn’t dangerous, though I do know my tone may recommend in any other case, however you might want to know what to anticipate. And should you’re in search of cultural points of interest, (or let’s be trustworthy, any points of interest), or any semblance of Indonesian life, then both decide a special a part of Bali or Indonesia altogether.

Day 1

Our first full day in Seminyak started in the Jas Villa restaurant, courtesy of free breakfast. Unsure we might dine there in any other case. It was superb, however not an actual inspiring menu, a theme I’m noticing from our lodge breakfasts. I had a banana pancake which has grow to be a failsafe for me.

Because the espresso was virtually non-existent on the restaurant we made a beeline for revolver espresso, the most effective joints for espresso in Seminyak. The cafe has an actual gun fetish happening. For instance, the juices have been all named after recognized killers or assassins (OJ Simpson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and so on). We purchased Brooklyn a shirt from their tiny retailer upstairs and a few beans for our chilly brew again residence.

Revolver Espresso doorway in the alley, Seminyak BaliRevolver Espresso doorway in the alley, Seminyak BaliRevolver Espresso doorway in the alley

Bear was most sad (language has been cleaned up considerably right here) so we went again to the villa the place he instantly got here round and performed superbly together with his books and toys. Grrrrr.

It didn’t take lengthy for lunch to roll round and we requested the Waypeople in the event that they’d be a part of us at Sisterfields. They have been on their means there too so we went collectively. It was a scorching stroll in the solar, and the 15-minute watch for a desk was scorching too. That is one thing we’ve got grow to be unaccustomed to in Bali. We’re fairly used to having the entire place to ourselves.

The meals was good and the smoothie I had was phenomenal (choco banana or one thing). The meals was actually good by Australian requirements and costly by Balinese requirements (ie in all probability regular to barely cheaper by Aussie costs).

We headed again for a swim and when Bear fell asleep I went for a wander right down to the flea market. The flea market was truly a lot smaller than I anticipated. There have been solely 4 rows of stalls by in all probability eight-9 lengthy. 40 odd should sound like quite a bit however I walked round it whereas stopping to take a look at stuff in underneath 10 minutes. Truly, I did two laps as a result of I needed to scope it out first.

Seminyak Flea Market

Seminyak Flea Market

The market was truly surprisingly quiet. On the one hand it was good that it wasn’t bustling as a result of that may have meant I obtained over it faster. However the draw back was that I undoubtedly felt like I had all eyes on me, making it troublesome to look discreetly with out being bothered.

I purchased Bear a Hawaiian shirt and there was truly nobody on the store to discount with me. One other vendor needed to come and make the sale on their pal’s behalf as a result of there was an enormous assembly happening. I couldn’t assist however marvel what they’d be speaking about.

I had a primary at this time on the market. I’ve walked away from many negotiations at a market as a result of I didn’t need to pay the worth they have been asking or their unique worth was simply absurd. However by no means have I had a vendor stroll away on me as a result of my opening supply was absurd. I used to be inquiring on a Spurs jersey. He opened at 350, I laughed and got here up with 50okay opening bid and he simply stated “thank you” and walked again to his submit. Suited me fantastic as a result of I wasn’t going a lot greater.

I got here again for a swim and Bear’s croupe cough nonetheless wasn’t actual good, so the three of us discovered a pharmacy. Truly 2 pharmacies. The second had a physician who prescribed some antibiotics and a few cough drugs. The session was solely 150okay ($15) which is so low cost in comparison with the $80 again residence. Dinner was a non-occasion however I nonetheless needed to exit so after the youngsters went to mattress I went for a stroll about 9 pm and located some dinner at Fats Buddha’s, that includes an assortment of Asian Road meals. Actually cool concept however I didn’t love my beef rendang.

Day 2

In a single day, Bear awakened coughing and with a fever, and he wanted a shower to chill down. He and Daisy ended up sleeping in our mattress to assist shield Daisy from mosquitos.

For sure, an early espresso run was required which the in-laws fortunately went on. Revolver to the rescue! Additionally they picked Kynie up a shirt, which was too huge, so it should turn into mine. Double win!

Our drained selves ordered breakfast supply then swam and skim on the villa. A really cruisey morning certainly.

For lunch, Kynie and I walked right down to Bo$$man burgers, hooked up to and owned by Sisterfields. The burgers have been utterly epic. Kynie had the unique gangster and I had an Al Capone, and by George, I might have gone one other. Not as a result of it was small, hell no I used to be stuffed, however I might have appeared previous that to get one other go at that juicy, fatty, saucey, attractive, pattie.

I left Kynie behind as a result of she was eager to get caught into her guide by the pool, and I jumped on the scooter and went on an journey.

Trees and shrines in the Petitenget Temple in Seminyak BaliTrees and shrines in the Petitenget Temple in Seminyak BaliTimber and shrines in the Petitenget Temple

The ‘adventure’ began fairly modestly, at Pura Petitenget. Pura Petitenget is among the points of interest that may pop up on nearly each ‘thing to do’ listing for Seminyak. There’s a easy purpose for this: it’s the one cultural attraction in Seminyak. Each different suggestion is bars at which to social gathering, day golf equipment at which to chill out, meals spots at which to eat, day journeys you need to do (which in my opinion doesn’t actually matter, for apparent causes). Suffice it to say that after paying my 5000rp parking payment then 50,000rp entry charge I used to be left most underwhelmed.

Positive, it’s an lively temple, and it has some significance to the Balinese as one of many string of coastal temples alongside the southern Bali shoreline, however as a customer, there’s not lots to take a look at, however half of additionally it is closed off to guests. I dunno, I attempt to make some extent of understanding the native tradition nevertheless it’s simply been pretty arduous in Bali. It appeared like a gross waste of my money and time.

Anyway, so after my 10-minute tour of Petitenget, I jumped again on my scooter and, in the recent, humid solar I rode westward towards Tanah Lot. This was the actual journey.

Tanah Lot from the lookout in BaliTanah Lot from the lookout in BaliTanah Lot from the lookout

The solar was scorching and the roads have been thick with riders, however the visitors moved as one unit and however for a couple of visitors lights, it was all fairly seamless. The signage out to Tanah Lot was additionally surprisingly good. I parked, paid, and mosied on previous the absurd variety of market stalls on the best way to the temple and was completely impressed with the ingenuity of the temple. Tanah Lot is constructed upon a rock island 50 metres from the shore and is simply accessible at low tide. I suppose it’s accessible by boat at excessive tide. Nonetheless, it’s utterly surrounded by the ocean at excessive tide.

I took my time and loved individuals watching as a lot as temple watching because the temple is for worshippers solely.

Tanah Lot from the lookout in BaliTanah Lot from the lookout in BaliTanah Lot shut up

After driving for a lot of the afternoon in the recent solar I used to be completely pooped and able to collapse into the pool and by no means get up. Nevertheless, as an alternative of the not waking up half, I made a decision to exit for dinner as an alternative. The chosen choice was Completely satisfied Chappy Chinese language Restaurant and the choice was nicely acquired by all in the group. We chosen an ideal assortment of dumplings and different Chinese language finger meals and have been completely glad.

Nicely, as glad as is feasible with out filling that deep darkish gap that all of us have with gelato. Mad Pops alongside JL Kayu Ayu crammed that spot with the coconut gelato and we headed again to the villa for a nightcap purchased from a Circle Okay.

Happy Chappy Chinese foodHappy Chappy Chinese foodCompletely happy Chappy Chinese language meals

Day three

Final night time was just like the earlier with a sick boy waking up unwell all through the night time so a run to Revolver was in order. Significantly, these guys do the most effective espresso. So good in undeniable fact that we purchased some beans house to proceed having fun with their chilly brew at residence.

When each youngsters have been settled in the villas with the grandparents Kynie and I set out for some breakfast. We didn’t actually have a spot in thoughts however not far down the street was The Library. This both seemed like a very boring, instructional, or hip place to eat and fortunately it was the latter. It was a small place however the ceiling was actual excessive they usually had this nice wall function product of books.

The Library wall art in Seminyak, BaliThe Library wall art in Seminyak, BaliThe Library wall artwork

The advantage of there not being that a lot to do in Seminyak is that it provides an ideal excuse to laze about in the villa, catching up on studying, absorbing the solar, and escaping the humidity in the pool.

Round lunchtime, when most have been napping, Kynie and I slipped out on the scooter and set our compass to Canggu. This was our final full day in Bali and subsequently our final probability to discover a bit of additional overseas.

As I entered on Canggu on the scooter I used to be slowly hit with an environment of calmness and rest. Positive, you possibly can chill out in your personal villa in Seminyak, however when you step out that’s inconceivable. The roads in Canggu have been quieter, the restos extra disparate, and it was distinctly obvious that West hadn’t almost encroached on the native’s turf as a lot as its southeastern cousins in Seminyak.

We rode right down to the water and had lunch at Previous Man’s, which appeared like a Canggu establishment. Previous Man’s is a big, informal, open air restaurant and membership with a excessive, pointed roof and vibrant, hand painted partitions. In excessive season and at night time’s this place will get busy with a lazy celebration environment. On our day although, which was through the afternoon in shoulder season, it was pretty quiet. We had a juice, a beer, and a burger and a few gelato and headed over to Shady Shack, which was about 5 minutes again up the street.

Old Man's Club in Canggu, BaliOld Man's Club in Canggu, BaliPrevious Man’s Membership in Canggu

Additionally, I realise the irony of my remark relating to the West’s (or extra possible, Australians’) impression, and in the subsequent sentence having fun with a spot that in clearly run by a foreigner, nevertheless it’s nonetheless much less apparent as an entire.

Shady Shack is a vegan’s delight. I didn’t realise this beforehand (as a result of in any other case figuring out this may in all probability be a dealbreaker out of precept) however I used to be truly pleasantly stunned. Being nonetheless fairly full from Previous Man’s we simply had drinks. I had this scrumptious chocolate smoothie and a espresso on the aspect and Kynie had a berry smoothie.

The journey again was as enjoyable as ever, nevertheless, I did need to be a bit extra defensive as I now had (not fairly) double the load on the very mild scooter. Zipping in out of visitors was not solely marginally harder but in addition, if I made a mistake, it was all the time going to be Kynie coming off first and I didn’t notably need that to occur.

On the best way again I observed that our petrol mild was on. Understanding how cease-begin the journey may be and the way gasoline intensive that is I made a decision we should always cease for some petrol. Fortunately, there are “petrol stations” all over the place. Simply search for the small stands out the entrance of individuals’s homes and outlets with the blue and yellow bottles. I pulled over, opened the seat and a pleasant Balinese lady got here out and emptied one of many blue 1-litre bottles into it for 10,000 rupiah (about $1). This gave us a few third of a tank. The entire thing seems to be utterly dodgy however I’m comfortable to report that the bike made it house safely.

Filling the scooter up with fuel in BaliFilling the scooter up with fuel in BaliFilling the scooter up with gasoline

Upon arriving residence we discovered a fair sicker boy than we had this morning. He hadn’t improved, was vomiting, torpid and had excessive temps. We figured this had gone on lengthy sufficient we caught a taxi out to the BIMC in Kuta, which was a hospital that was run by Australians for vacationers. Nothing towards Indonesians’ and their healthcare system, however we figured the system would at the least acquainted they usually’d undoubtedly converse English.

Fortunately we have been solely in the hospital for about an hour an half. They noticed him fairly shortly, gave him a needle with some stuff for croupe, and took an x-ray of his chest earlier than sending us on our approach with a prescription for but extra medicine. Probably the most spectacular half, nevertheless, was how a lot it value. Often you’d anticipate to pay by means of the nostril for a hospital go to in a overseas nation (Australia particularly), however for a session, a needle, and an x-ray it value a mere $110.

We acquired residence about eight:30 and as soon as he was settled in mattress I wanted some dinner. This was my final probability to have me some mie goreng. I’d fallen in love that that spicy, noodley goodness in the final 2 weeks and my alternatives for consuming extra of it have been operating slim. I obtained on the scooter and stopped on the first place I noticed that appeared like an area warung. As a result of each Indonesian warung has mie goreng. Fortunately for me, I didn’t even have to go away the alleyways as a result of down the top (close to Uma Sapna resort) was a restaurant with a bunch of locals hanging out and what seemed to be a small kitchen. I used to be in luck. I pulled over, barely wanted to take a look at a menu and requested for particular mie goreng for a grand complete of 22okay rupiah (about $2.20). When requested if I would like it spicy, I stated sure, a lot to the detriment of my tastebuds and physique as an entire.

I wish to attempt issues spicy however solely up to some extent. On the size of delicate to world’s worst chilli I feel I can go as much as a few 5, perhaps 4. This burnt my rattling mouth off to some extent that I couldn’t even style the Anker Stout or the Bintang that had accompanied it. I nonetheless loved it… and continued to benefit from the spice for concerning the subsequent hour.

Day 4

One other sluggish morning on the villa preceded by extra Revolver espresso, this time with further chilly brews.

Our last sit down meal was again on the Bistrot, the French-named, classic-themed burger joint. Complicated themes apart, their burgers have been second to none, in all probability anyplace I’ve ever been, so it deserved a second sitting. I even received the identical burger as a result of I knew 10/10 of the burger scale was going to dangerous to attempt to prime.

Vintage wall decorations at the Bistrot Seminyak BaliVintage wall decorations at the Bistrot Seminyak BaliClassic wall decorations on the Bistrot

After lunch I went purchasing, to attempt to refill my suitcase with as a lot low cost shit as potential earlier than our flight that night time. I used to be solely considerably profitable, shopping for a mere 2 shirts and one pair of sun shades. I used to be additionally marched out of two outlets for utterly low balling them on counter provides once more. I used to be offended however not offended sufficient to not chuckle whereas being despatched out. It simply amazes me that they will’t see the irony.

After lastly shopping for my shirts after a number of makes an attempt (I truly needed to cede a few dollars to get somebody to promote to me) I then received a haircut at barber subsequent to Mal.FUNK.tion Bar. It was fairly sharp if I do say so myself. The chop and a beer it was 12okay rupiah.

MalFUNKtion Bar in Seminyak, BaliMalFUNKtion Bar in Seminyak, BaliMalFUNKtion Bar

After packing up our issues, we ordered a cab and I referred to as the restaurant to make me another bowl of mie goreng – “to go, please”. So in the again of a darkish taxi, out of a styrofoam container, I ate my final mie goreng in Indonesia. What a becoming strategy to say goodbye.

Did you take pleasure in this submit?

Lots extra the place that got here from. Make sure that to join the mailing record to by no means miss the subsequent one.

Need to save this for later? Pin these, simply hover.

Seminyak is a great part of Bali to relax and eat good food. But it's all about your expectations: don't expect a ton of activities. The food is incredible, the villas sublime, the bars are fun, and the sunsets are next level. Read on on to know why I won't be rushing back. #seminyak #bali #villalife #wonderfulindonesia

Seminyak is a great part of Bali to relax and eat good food. But it's all about your expectations: don't expect a ton of activities. The food is incredible, the villas sublime, the bars are fun, and the sunsets are next level. Read on on to know why I won't be rushing back. #seminyak #bali #villalife #wonderfulindonesia